We Need to Retreat From the Beach

We Need to Retreat From the Beach

As ocean waters warm, the Northeast is likely to face more Sandy-like storms. And as sea levels continue to rise, the surges of these future storms will be higher and even more deadly. We can’t stop these powerful storms. But we can reduce the deaths and damage they cause… An Op Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey.

1-Month Countdown Until Climate Marches In NYC And Around The World

1-Month Countdown Until Climate Marches In NYC And Around The World

With just one month to go until the People’s Climate March in New York City this September 21, more than 100 organizations are taking part in an online recruitment drive to sign people up for the demonstration.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun.

A Tsunami Sculpted Beach, Sermermiut Beach, Jacobshaven Icefjord World Heritage Site, South of Ilulissat, Western Greenland; By Harold R. Wanless And John C. Van Leer

A Tsunami Sculpted Beach, Sermermiut Beach, Jacobshaven Icefjord World Heritage Site, South of Ilulissat, Western Greenland; By Harold R. Wanless And John C. Van Leer

Sermermiut is a spectacular beach of gravel and sand studded with small to large chunks of ice stranded there by tsunamis created by the frequent breaking and rolling of nearby giant icebergs.

Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution

The world population is living, working, vacationing, increasingly conglomerating along the coasts, and standing on the front row of the greatest, most unprecedented, plastic waste tide ever faced. Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the world's oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land. Featured image: © Coastal Care.

A Beach Project Built on Sand; By Robert S. Young, PhD

A Beach Project Built on Sand; By Robert S. Young, PhD

Earlier this month, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $207 million plan to dredge millions of tons of sand off the south shore of Long Island and spread it along the beaches and dunes. It is a colossal waste of money and another consequence of the nation’s failure to develop a coherent plan to address the risks from storms faced by states along the eastern seaboard and gulf coast.

Sunset at Deveraux Point

Sunset at Deveraux Point

Sunset at Deveraux Point, is an image from Chris Orwig.

El Expolio De La Arena

El Expolio De La Arena

In this original version, investigative journalist Cristina Sáez, writing for leading spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, exposes how extensive, detrimental, silenced yet utterly pervasive "The pillaging of beach sand" has become.

Just Washed In

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Epic Hermit Crab Migration Captured On Camera

Inform
Sep
13

It’s something you have to see to believe. A beach on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands is overtaken by a millions of hermit crabs during the crustacean’s mass migration, turning the sandy shore into a sea of clattering shells and legs.

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How Waves Shapes Could Explain Deadly Tsunamis

Inform
Sep
13

Ocean waves are complex and often turbulent. While most ocean-wave interactions are essentially linear, sometimes two or more waves interact in a nonlinear way. Thus, X- and Y-shaped ocean waves that are often seen at beaches may help explain why tsunamis can be so devastating, researchers say.

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Isaac Churned Up Tar from Gulf Spill, BP Confirms

Tar turning up along the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Isaac has been traced to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP confirmed.

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The Cold Edge

The Copper House Gallery in Dublin, presents The Cold Edge, an exhibition of stunning polar images by photographer and environmentalist Dave Walsh. The images taken during Greenpeace expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica, between 2007 and 2010, question our romantic relationship with remote, harsh and pristine environments of the polar regions, and show what it is like to be truly on the edge…

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People Power Wins: Super Trawler Banned, Australia

In a huge victory against the plunder of our oceans, the Australian Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has announced new laws that will ban the Margiris super trawler, from operating in Australian waters for up to two years.

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Singapore And Jurong Island Reclamation

News, Sand Mining
Sep
12

Singapore’s phase 4 of Jurong Island reclamation is scheduled to begin September 15.

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Salton Sea fingered as culprit of big California stink

News, Pollution
Sep
12

After a day of odor surveillance and other scent-based sleuthing, Southern California air quality investigators confirmed Tuesday what they had already expected, that a pungent, rotten-egg aroma that stretched across the region came from the Salton Sea.

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Istanbul at Night

Inform
Sep
10

A night view from the International Space Station, of the densely populated city of Istambul, one of the largest in Europe at 13.5 million inhabitants.

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Giant Balloon Of Magma Inflates Under Santorini

News
Sep
10

In the south Aegean Sea, the islands of Santorini have been showing signs of unrest for the first time in over half a century.

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Arctic Ice Melting At Amazing Speed, Scientists Find

Scientists in the Arctic are warning that this summer’s record-breaking melt is part of an accelerating trend with profound implications.

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